Heroin Trafficking Arrests up in Bradenton and Sarasota

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Over the weekend, there were two more arrests in Manatee County for trafficking in Heroin. Ever since the crackdown on pills and the Florida Data Base for prescriptions, heroin trafficking has increased. Heroin is not limited to the “Ghetto” or the “hood”, and heroin use is now touching middle class families as well as some of the more affluent residents here in Sarasota.
The danger is when heroin is cut or mixed with other drugs and when cut like that, it poses a high risk of death. Heroin overdoses are up and heroin sales are increasing. Many people get into dealing in order to support their habit. The money they make selling heroin is all used to purchase heroin for themselves. It is a tough habit to break and opiate addiction always has a bad ending. If a person gets arrested for trafficking here in Sarasota or Manatee, they face long minimum mandatory prison sentences.
Did you know America leads the world in the number of people in prison? Did you know the number one reason is drugs? In my opinion, drug addictions should be treated as a medical issue. Treatment is the answer not prison. Prevention, not prosecution, should be our focus. As a criminal defense lawyer, over the years, I have handled thousands of drug cases. Probation is not necessarily the best answer for a hard core addict. That will usually result in a probation violation arrest soon after being placed on probation. Sometime, a short stay in jail is the only way to successfully detox. Everyone want to bond out immediately. Why? They need a fix and their body is crying out for the drug. Sometimes you have to tough it out for a few days and clear your head. What you have to avoid is spending a large portion of your life in State prison.
If a loved one has been arrested and is in jail for heroin, call 941 366 3506 and talk to me free

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The Cops are Listening

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Most people do not realize that the cops are recording what they say….STFU!
When a police officer stops you for a traffic offense and approaches your vehicle, he most likely is wearing a recorder and most of the time, there is a video that goes with it. He is recording what he says to you and your responses. This is particularly true in a DUI case. If your speech is slurred, they will have it as evidence. If you are toasted, high or drunk and not making sense, it will all be preserved for the prosecutor to use in your trial. Smile, you are on candid camera…..
If you get arrested and are placed in the police vehicle, chances are, there will be a video of what you are saying and doing in the back seat, even if the officer is not in the car. When two people are arrested, they put them in the police car in the back seat and walk away. They do this on purpose so one or the other will say something incriminating. As a Sarasota criminal lawyer, I can’t tell you how many times in a drug possession case the key evidence of knowledge turns out to be something that was said while you were under arrest in the back seat.
When you are in or at the jail, your phone calls are recorded. If you call your wife, husband, parent or a friend, it is being recorded and the Sheriff’s attorney or the prosecutor will later listen to what you said. If you get arrested for a sex offense or a sex crime like Internet solicitation of a minor or traveling to meet a minor in one of the sex stings, I can guarantee that the police will be listening and recording your phone calls looking for incriminating evidence.
Keep your mouth shut no matter what. The right to remain silent is golden. Exercise that right. The walls have ears, even in jail. You have no right to privacy when you are in custody. Everything you say and do, even in your own cell can be recorded.
They are not supposed to listen to jail calls to an attorney but they do. They will deny it, but they do.
If you want to talk to an attorney, have him come to jail and have a face to face meeting. Most attorneys like myself will come for an initial consultation at no cost.

If you have questions about your arrest, your criminal case or your rights, call me Attorney Peter D. Aiken today at 941 366 3506

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A New Test for Synthetic Drugs

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In Washington DC, pre trial services announced that as a result of a pilot program a decision has been made to purchase and use a new machine that will test for the presence of synthetic drugs like Bizarro, Scooby Snax and K2. In the past, because of the cost of the machine when people were on pre trial release or probation the machines tested for only actual cannabinoids. That has all changed. This came about as a result of a study where urine samples given by people on probation were retested with the new machine. The new test revealed that 50% of the people tested for actual cannabinoids that came up clean, when retested, came up dirty for the synthetics. That machine is now available to other law enforcement agencies and will be in use soon.
What this means is that if you are on probation in Ft. Myers or Sarasota, it may no longer be safe to assume that if you use the synthetics you are safe and will test clean. The new test costs the state only about $3.50 per test. I expect to see an increase in the number of probation violations over the next year. The bottom line is that if you continue to use, even the synthetics, you are at risk of a probation violation arrest. The real problem is going to be for the people on pre trial release.

A positive for a synthetic can result in your arrest and return to jail for a violation of the terms of your release.
If you are on probation and still use, you are running a risk of being picked up on a violation and will have to sit in jail until a probation violation hearing weeks later. I know it is tough if you have been smoking weed for years, but if you catch a break and get probation, don’t screw it up by using even a synthetic. Many of the employers who routinely screen employees for drugs can now test for the synthetics for just $3.50. It would be a shame to lose a good job in this market for smoking a synthetic.

Our criminal defense firm regularly handles probation violations in Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota County.

Many are for dirty urines. If a loved one has been picked up on a VOP or you think you are going to have a problem when you go in for your next report, call for an appointment. Remember, the best way to not get violated is to stop using.
Call 239 334 8890 in Ft. Myers or 941 366 3506 in Sarasota for a free consultation.

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Homicides and Shootings Increasing in Southwest Florida

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There has been a dramatic increase in violent crime in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee County
The recent double homicide in Bradenton of the two young store clerks is just an example. In Tampa Ybor city has seen a spike in violent crime. There has been an increase in gun charges for carrying concealed firearms as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. No one knows what is fueling this increase in violent crime. In the past, much of the violent crime was associated with the drug trafficking. Drug deals gone bad and robberies of the drug dealers accounted for much of the violent crime. There does not seem to be a dramatic increase in the domestic violence related gun or assault charges or road rage. It looks like armed robbery is the main cause.
On the one hand, there is an argument that there are too many guns readily available to the public. The other side of that argument is that in our violent society there is all the more reason to have a firearm for personal protection. I am a strong advocate of the concealed carry laws. The simple fact is that you never know what situation you are going to face in your day to day life. Simply going to a movie can put you at risk. Between the jihadists, the whackos, the robbers and the psychos, carrying a gun to me seems like a good idea. Responsible gun ownership and responsibly exercising your right to carry a firearm with a concealed weapon permit may someday keep you from becoming a victim yourself.
As a criminal defense lawyer, I regularly defend people who are wrongfully accused with firearm crimes. The stand your ground law is misunderstood by the public, and recent Court cases convey the wrong impression.
If you or a loved one gets arrested or charged with a gun crime and you want to talk with a lawyer that understands the importance of self defense, you can call for a free consultation at 239 334 8890 in Ft. Myers or 941 366 3506 in Sarasota

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Probation Violation for a Simple Mistake

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Probation is a good resolution for people who may have committed an offense and have little likelihood of repeating their mistake. It is not necessarily a good way to resolve a case if you have a drug problem, a mental issue or are likely to screw up the conditions of probation. If you are addicted to pain killers and get placed on probation there is a high chance you will slip and repeat your past conduct. If you are bi-polar or have a similar issue and are placed on probation for domestic violence with a relative or spouse or girlfriend, there is a good chance you will find yourself violating the conditions of probation.
Many times the probation officer gets an attitude about a particular person and looks for a way to violate them. In order for the Court to find you guilty of violation of probation the act you committed or the failure to comply with the conditions of probation must be willful and substantial. A simple technical violation like being late for an appointment with your probation officer may not be enough for the judge to send you back to jail. Having a probation violation lawyer represent you may keep you from doing time in the County Jail or worse yet State Prison. Having good representation is important. You may need a third chance
You may have been given a second chance and because of circumstances, failed to live up to expectations and messed up on your conditions of probation. This does not automatically mean jail. If you have a drug issue it may mean treatment or having your probation bumped up to drug offender probation. You may need enhanced supervision as an alternative to jail
If you think you are about to be violated or if there is a probation violation warrant outstanding call today for a free consultation. We may be able to get you a bond set and prevent you sitting in jail until your probation violation hearing.
A good Southwest Florida criminal lawyer may be able to help.

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Arrested in Manatee County, Sarasota County or Lee County for a weapons violation?

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Call our Sarasota and Bradenton weapon violation lawyers today at 941-366-3506, or Fort Myers firearm violations attorneys at 239-334-8890

Fort Myers and Sarasota Weapon Violation Attorneys Also Serving Bradenton
In the last couple of weeks there have been many gun and drug related arrests in Manatee, Sarasota and Lee Counties .

If you have been arrested in either Manatee County, Sarasota County or Lee County for a weapons violation, do not wait until arraignment. The prosecutor is deciding what charge to file against you right now.

Attorneys Peter Aiken and Sean O’Halloran are both former prosecutors. They know how prosecutors think. You may have a defense, and if it is raised NOW, your case may end before it goes to court.

• It may not have been a weapon (common pocket knife).
• It may not have been concealed.
• It may not legally be a firearm (such as an antique).
• You may not legally be a convicted felon.
• It may not have been brandished or displayed.
• It may not have been used as a weapon.

We have more than 40 years of experience defending weapons charges. Contact us as soon as possible.

Hire a private lawyer now. If you wait until arraignment or wait until a public defender is appointed, you may miss a chance to have your case dismissed or your charges dropped.

Bradenton, Sarasota and Fort Myers Guns and Firearms Attorneys

Our attorneys handle all gun crimes. If you are a convicted felon and you got caught with a firearm, you are facing a return to prison. You could be prosecuted in federal court. There are defenses. You may have been illegally stopped or searched.
If you were charged as a felon in possession of a firearm, you could face a minimum mandatory sentence. You could be sentenced under the 10-20-Life Law.

We investigate, prepare and defend firearm and pistol violations for:
• Carrying concealed firearms
• Machine guns and silencers
• Road rage with guns
• Aggravated battery with firearm
• Shooting into buildings (drive by shootings)
• Guns at school
• Guns in purses, briefcases or suitcases
• Concealed weapon permit violations

If you have a domestic violence conviction, you lose certain gun rights and privileges. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a gun charge could result in deportation or exclusion from the United States. Gun charges are serious and we take them seriously.

 

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Heroin Cases on the Rise in 2015

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Heroin Cases on the Rise
As I predicted two years ago, heroin addiction and heroin prosecutions have skyrocketed in Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota County. There were thousands of people who for various reasons became addicted to opiates like Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycodone. In past years the addiction led to doctor shopping and the explosion of pain management clinics. When the State cracked down on the pain clinics and tightened up the laws and established the state wide data base for prescriptions, many of the addicts could no longer get their supply from pharmacies. The net result was the heroin filled the gap and many people who could no longer get the opiate pills switched to shooting up on heroin. Now those people are getting prosecuted and there has been an explosion of prosecutions for possession of heroin, sale of heroin and trafficking in heroin. The penalties are huge and many people face mandatory sentences in State prison.
What do I do if I am arrested for a heroin charge?
By the time you or a loved one reads this, withdrawal has probably already set in. If you bonded out and you are an addict you need to get medical help immediately. If you continue to use while on bond and get arrested, your bail bond will be revoked and you will sit in jail cold turkey and have many tough days. I may be able to solve your legal problem but only you can solve the immediate problem which is your addiction. You cannot do it alone, Get help now.
Should I take a plea deal?
Unless you address the chemical dependency issue you are setting yourself up for failure by pleading and taking probation. If you are a heroin addict, and are not in remission, your probation is almost certain to be violated. More people get arrested for a probation violation in Ft. Myers and Sarasota than for any other reason. As a criminal defense lawyer and a drug lawyerI have learned that you have to think ahead. Probation is a trap for an addict. We may be able to get you into drug court where you can get help with your addiction. If you successfully complete the drug court program you criminal charge will be dropped and you will not end up being a convicted felon. If you have been arrested in Ft. Myers for a drug charge like possession of heroin or possession of an opiate, call today for a free consultation. You can reach us at our Ft. Myers criminal defense office at 239 334 8890
If you have been arrested in Bradenton or Sarasota call Peter D Aiken at 941 366 3506 today
Our firm also handles drug trafficking cases in Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee County

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SUMMER BREAK STUDENT NIGHTMARE

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A parent’s worst nightmare is the call from their straight A college student or underage student on Summer Break that he has been arrested in Florida for an offense that can destroy his or her career before it starts. Each year, hundreds of college kids are arrested in Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Lee County for offenses at the beach at resorts, dance clubs and after hours parties. Usually the arrests start out for some minor offense like open container, misdemeanor marijuana possession or public physical altercation. Sometimes, off duty police officers work at the bars and even the slightest resistance will result in an arrest for resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, or worse yet resisting arrest with violence. If there is a physical altercation the officers will often charge a major felony such as battery on a police officer. A simple night of fun, socializing and sometimes drinking can be a life altering experience for your child or young adult.
As an experienced criminal defense law firm we handle numerous student crimes including offenses such as using a false identification. This charge can be filed as either a simple misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances. Something as simple as changing the date on a driver’s license can result in your child being charged with a felony. Another charge such as possession of marijuana , heroin or designer drugs can result in a blemish to your child’s future employment opportunities not to mention a possible two year loss of a drivers license. The reality is that unless even minor charges are handled correctly you child’s future can be ruined. If your child is arrested, do not let him plead guilty simply to get it over with. There may be valid defenses and as criminal defense lawyers we may be able to beat the case or get him into some alternative program that will result in the charges being dropped. Our criminal defense firm may be able to have his arrest record expunged so in the future a Google search or a public records search may not disclose it. We live in the age of the Internet and a simple indiscretion now needs to be addressed properly. If your child is charged with DUI, you need to have good representation because it may result in a jail sentence and for sure will affect your insurance rates and reputation.
Contact Peter Aiken at Aiken , O’Halloran and Associates at our Sarasota County Criminal Defense Law Firm 941-366-3506 or our Lee County Criminal Defense Firm for a free consultation 239-334-8890. Call us 24/7. We take all major credit cards. We may be able to resolve your student’s case without him or her ever having to come back to Florida.

If your son or daughter is in jail, we will go visit them at your request. Do not wait … help is only a phone call away. 941-366-3506 or 239-334-8890

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Central West and SW Florida Violent Crimes Defense Lawyers

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Central West and SW Florida Violent Crimes Lawyers

No Case Is Hopeless
With 30 years experience defending those accused of murder, manslaughter, rape and aggravated battery the criminal defense attorneys at Aiken, O’Halloran & Associates have observed that there are two sides to every story in almost every case.
A person accused of murder, homicide or manslaughter may have acted in self-defense, defending themselves or a loved one under Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. An armed robbery charge may result from a false accusation or drug deal gone bad.
Rape is a crime of violence.
If you have been charged with rape or a sex crime, you may feel everyone has abandoned you. We are not here to judge you, we are here to defend you.
Often violence occurs in the context of a family dispute between a husband and wife, brothers or children and their parents. Unfortunately, juveniles may find themselves accused of armed robbery or strong armed robbery as a part of gang involvement.
Murder, Homicide and Rape Defense Lawyers
Our experienced Central West and SW Florida violent crimes attorneys will thoroughly investigate the charges against you and locate witnesses to help your defense. Every eyewitness testimony is subject to attack. We will leave no stone unturned in your defense. Our dedicated, determined defense team will:
• Try to get your bond reduced
• Work towards getting charges reduced or dropped
• Locate and interview key witnesses
• Review and analyze the state’s case
• Argue facts supporting your innocence
Call our lawyers today Tampa, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota 941-366-3506

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